Holiday thank yous are especially easy if you plan a bit.
Here are a couple of options and ideas not covered in the Nov 17th post.
PLAN A:Write a list of the gifts the children receive from people outside the home. Plan a time the day after Christmas to make a phone call to each person. Have the kids primed and reminded of who gave what. Do only one or two calls then take a break or the kids will lose spirit and you will lose the gratitude effect!
If you have a cell phone with photo and email capability, take a quick photo of the smiling child with the gift. Help them send a quick thank you text with the photo attached to each giver. Again, do one or two at a time to keep the spirits cheerful.
MOTIVATIONAL IDEAS:1- Make it a rule that after Christmas Day no child is allowed to play with, wear, or use a gift UNTIL they have completed the thank you for the gift!
2- No television, screen [computer, tablet, or phone] each day until at least two thank yous are done.
3- My favorite [because it is rewards based not punishment based]......Plan a special thank you celebration treat that is earned when all the thank yous are completed. [Maybe consider a family movie, game day, chore-free day, or other unusual treat.]
Last thought:I still believe that nothing is as special to receive as a hand done thank you note such as those I discussed on Nov 17th, but hopefully the ideas above will make thank yous [written or otherwise] more prompt and less painful. No matter what the language, or what the method.... everyone appreciates a Thank You. ......Good luck!
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